Tag Archives: science fiction & fantasy

Zombies and the Shared Sensorium

I have studied immersive phenomena over the years, and still am fascinated by what Finnish language so aptly catches with the idiom “Muissa maailmoissa” (literally: “in other worlds” – my dictionary suggests as an English translation “away with the fairies”, but I am not sure about that). There is a growing concern with the effects … Continue reading ”Zombies and the Shared Sensorium”

Todellisuutemme tulevaisuus? Nuorten filosofiatapahtuma 2017

[Talked in Finnish about the future of “real” and “virtual” in Helsinki today.] Osallistuin alustajana ja panelistina tänään Nuorten filosofiatapahtumaan. Oma esitykseni (ks. runko alla) pyrki virittelemään pohdintaa ja keskustelua siitä, mihin tulevaisuudessa voi mahdollisesti johtaa ne käynnissä olevat kehityskulut, missä “vaikuttavat mutta ei-materiaaliset” todellisuutta rakentavat kehykset ja kerrokset tulevat keskellemme, ja ohjaavat osaa ihmisistä … Continue reading ”Todellisuutemme tulevaisuus? Nuorten filosofiatapahtuma 2017”

The Expanse, and renaissance of space operas

There is currently clear need for some escapism, the would help to overcome the lack of vision and hope in today’s political arenas, and provide energy to keep on doing something to keep this planet of ours as humane and sustainable living environment as possible. In domain of entertainment, space operas have held one specific … Continue reading ”The Expanse, and renaissance of space operas”

Call for applications: Editor-in-Chief, Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research

Apply Now for the Editor-in-Chief of Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research The position of the editor-in-chief in Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research is now open from 1 January 2017. Currently, the journal has two editors-in-chief who will continue in their posts in 2017. The journal … Continue reading ”Call for applications: Editor-in-Chief, Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research”

CFP: Academic Track at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention

Spreading the word for Call for Papers, Academic Track at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention – “100 Years of Estrangement” 9–13 August, 2017 Messukeskus, the Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre, Helsinki, Finland Estrangement, or defamiliarization (ostranenie), has long been a crucial concept in our understanding of speculative fiction. Since its first appearance in Viktor Shklovsky’s essay … Continue reading ”CFP: Academic Track at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention”

Note on Pokémon Go: fantasy of collecting and exploring “urban nature”

For those of us who started doing r&d on location-based mobile games decade or two ago, the exploding popularity of Pokémon Go has been exciting, but also perhaps a bit bewildering to follow. There have been many games that have exploited the collaborative, competitive, user-created or spatially based functionalities of augmented reality play in more … Continue reading ”Note on Pokémon Go: fantasy of collecting and exploring “urban nature””

Three movies

I had some movie tickets that were expiring in Sunday, so I went for it, watching in a row three recent movies in cinema. All of these were transmedia storytelling – two of these were movies based on digital games, one was based on a book. I have no time to write actual reviews but … Continue reading ”Three movies”

Fafnir 4/2016 CFP

(Please spread the word) Call for Papers: FAFNIR 4/2016: SPECULATIVE FICTION IN COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research invites authors to submit papers for the upcoming edition 4/2016. Theme for the edition is “Speculative Fiction in Comics and Graphic Novels”. We invite papers that focus on speculative fiction … Continue reading ”Fafnir 4/2016 CFP”

CFP: Finncon 2016 Academic Track

Call for Papers for the Academic Track at FINNCON 2016 Fantastic Visions from Faerie to Dystopia July 1–3, 2016, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland Finncon 2016 is one of the largest events in Europe for anyone interested in science fiction and fantasy. By tradition, it is free of membership fee, and offers you several programme … Continue reading ”CFP: Finncon 2016 Academic Track”

CFP: Farnir 3/2015 (Nordic Issue)

Please spread the word: CALL FOR PAPERS: Fafnir 3/2015 (Nordic issue) Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research invites you to submit a paper for the upcoming edition 3/2015! Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and … Continue reading